Gophers celebrate 50 years of women’s sports

Athletics June 22, 2022, 7:44:00 AM

The University of Minnesota ended its 50th anniversary of the year-round Women’s Athletics Festival with a gathering on Monday, June 21, 2022 at Athletes Village. Throughout the 2021-22 season, Gopher Athletics highlights the success of individuals and programs in the first 50 years of women’s Gopher sports.

Deputy Director of Athletics and Senior Administrator for Women Julie Manning kicked off the event and welcomed attendees, including athletes from women’s gymnastics, women’s hockey and women’s basketball, as well as sponsors from TruStone and Delta Dental. Director of Athletics Mark Coyle as did University President Joan Gabel, who also highlighted the importance of women in sports, but also the outstanding women who have graduated from the University of Minnesota throughout its history. Gabel is also the first woman to be president of a university in Minnesota history. Manning also acknowledged the four honorary committee chairs: Terry Ganley, Katie Island-Madison, Dr. Lisa Arendt and Lea B. Olsen.

Ganley, Olson and Island-Madison were all three former Gopher athletes, while Dr. Arend is a major product in the medical profession at the University of Minnesota as an orthopedic surgeon and has led our medical team for years. Her student, Dr. Kelsey Wise, also spoke to the audience, as she is the 50th woman to complete an orthopedic residency.

History of women’s sports Gopher
The University of Minnesota officially recognized women’s athletics through the Department of Physical Education in 1971 and received a $ 5,000 budget from the Board of Regents’ reserve fund. From there, swimming and diving were established as the first official women’s university interuniversity sport in 1971, followed by its first women’s head coach, Jean Freeman, in 1973. The University of Minnesota formally formed the women’s intercollegiate athletics department in July 1975.

Since 1971, the University of Minnesota has added 12 university sports, the most recent being rowing in 2000. The top ten officially sponsored the women’s conference games and championships in 1982. Minnesota had separate men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletics before merging into 2.2.

Since establishing Minnesota’s women’s sport, the Golden Gophers have won seven national titles, 66 conference championships and 17 individual national championships. In addition, the University of Minnesota boasts some of the best facilities in the nation, five of which are named after women: Jean K. Freeman Water Center (swimming and diving), Ridder Arena (women’s hockey), Elizabeth Stadium Lyle Robbie (football), Irene Claudia Krol Boat (rowing) and Jane Sage Cowles Stadium (softball).

History of Title IX
June 23, 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendment, which states: “No person in the United States may be excluded from participation, denied benefits on the basis of on the floor. of or be discriminated against in any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. “

With the approval of Title IX, women are given equal access not only to women in sports competitions, but also to women in college in general. This law provides the same educational programs, admission, academic specialties, teaching positions, professional programs and individual classes, the same opportunities for women as for men. Since the creation of Title IX, women have increased their academic opportunities not only in sports, but also in access to various degrees, especially in medicine, law, mathematics and science.

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